Our Hearts Were Khaki and Gay [NOOK Book]

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Singing, Dancing, and Saluting

This is a memoir about a young man making career choices and dealing with his sexuality, all within the structure and discipline of the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. With performances in the Soldier Shows on WGN-TV in Chicago, and as a winner in the All-Army Talent Contest, his talent carried him to the Ed Sullivan Television Show and a world tour in an all-Army revue called “Rolling Along of 1956.” There...
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Overview

Singing, Dancing, and Saluting

This is a memoir about a young man making career choices and dealing with his sexuality, all within the structure and discipline of the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. With performances in the Soldier Shows on WGN-TV in Chicago, and as a winner in the All-Army Talent Contest, his talent carried him to the Ed Sullivan Television Show and a world tour in an all-Army revue called “Rolling Along of 1956.” There he met his mentor, Scotty. The book is anecdotal, historical, amusing, and may be of help to other young men and women facing similar dilemmas in their lives. It pays tribute to those who were drafted and found a way to continue the development of their talents while in the military-and to the very appreciative military audiences throughout the world.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015030273
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/23/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 221
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mr. Hoskins, as professor of theatre, has taught period styles, stage movement, and dance at Penn State University and Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory Graduate Program in Acting Training. His book, “The Dances of Shakespeare” is published by Routledge. Mr. Hoskins resides in Sarasota, Fl. where he is adjunct professor of theatre at FSU/Asolo Conservatory and staff choreographer for the Asolo Repertory Theatre.
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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    Reviewed by Amanda Garner for Readers' Favorite Author Jim Hask

    Reviewed by Amanda Garner for Readers' Favorite

    Author Jim Haskins displays an incredible amount of courage and determination in "Our Hearts were Khaki and Gay"’ Back in 1950, openly admitting you were gay was unheard of. Then, compound it with the fact that he was also serving for the U.S. armed forces during World War II, a time when the ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell’ policy was not in place. It was career suicide. Yet somehow, he found the courage to not hide, but shine. He uses his talents to brighten and entertain all those around him. No matter what difficult situation he was in, he kept his head high, an admirable trait everyone could benefit from. If you are thinking about coming out, the author invites you to join him in his own personal journey where you too may find the courage, perseverance, and self-acceptance that author Jim Haskins displays for all to see.

    I think in "Our Hearts were Khaki and Gay" you will find inspiration, motivation, and the recipe for acceptance of one’s true self. Even if you are not gay you can learn important life lessons such as courage, acceptance, and motivation to embrace your true self, and no matter what you go through you can proudly hold your head high knowing you are the best you can be. I loved how Jim was fearless in the face of adversity. He never pretended to be anything he wasn’t. I applaud the author for being so open. It is hard to subject yourself to criticism and judgment and yet once again he displays his bravery. Kudos, Jim Haskins, I wish you all the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    The premise promised interest that the book did not deliver. A n

    The premise promised interest that the book did not deliver. A not well-written journal filled with tedious repetition of an uninteresting life.

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